Nikola KUMET, Governor of West Bulgaria
(-Abt 976)
Ripsimija [BAGRATUNI] of Armenia
(-Bef 993)
Aaron KOMETOPOULOS, Tsar of Western Bulgaria


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Aaron KOMETOPOULOS, Tsar of Western Bulgaria

  • Born: Ohrid, Bulgaria
  • Married:
  • Died: 14 Jun 988

  Research Notes:

Zonaras records that "Bulgaricis quatuor filii, David, Moses, Aaron et Samuel" encouraged the Bulgarians to revolt against Byzantine control. Cedrenus records that "Davidus, Moses, Aaron et Samuelis, filii cuiusdam in Bulgaria largiter potentis comitis" rebelled against Byzantium after the death of Tsar Peter. Aaron’s parentage appears confirmed by Zonaras and Cedrenus, read together with the monumental inscription quoted below which names the father of the brothers Samuil and David. The assumption therefore is that Aaron and Moisei were both brothers of Samuil and David. This is corroborated by Psellos who names "Samuel and his brother Aaron…". On the other hand, Adontz suggests that Aaron and Moisei were in fact the sons of Ivan, brother of Tsar Peter I.... Firstly, he cites Yahya of Antioch, according to whom "Aaron appartenait à la race qui avait regné sur la Bulgarie". Secondly, he highlights the omission of Aaron and Moisei from the inscription on the monument erected by Samuil. He concludes by suggesting that his hypothesis would explain the rivalry between the two families which resulted in the murders of Aaron by Samuil and of Gavriil Radomir by Ivan Vladislav. However, he ignores the sources which indicate a fraternal relationship, Zonaras and Psellos quoted above, as well as Lupus Protospatarius who refers to Samuil’s son’s killer as "suo consobrino filio Aronis".... Zonaras records that "quatuor fratribus Davidi, Mosi, Aaroni et Samueli…qui Comitopoli appellabantur" defeated the Byzantine forces, adding that "fratrem Aaronem cum omni familia" was killed by Samuil, with the exception of "uno…filio…Joannes Sphandosthlavus".

The name of Aaron's wife is not known. 1

  Marriage Information:

Aaron married . . . . . . .


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: TSARS of the BULGARIANS 997-1018 and 1040-1041 (KOMETOPOULOI).

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